NASCAR has called a press conference for this Wednesday, September 3rd, where it is expected to announce Comcast Xfinity as the new sponsor of it's second highest national series. Comcast Xfinity would replace Nationwide Insurance, which has decided to move most of their sponsorship dollars to the number 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven in the Sprint Cup Series by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The deal has been reported to be anywhere from a five to a ten year agreement, and comes at a time when NBC takes a larger role in telecasting NASCAR races. Comcast is the parent company of NBC.
Both Advance Auto Parts, and Autozone, were also reported to be interested in the series sponsorship, as well.
Among those expected to attend the announcement, which will take place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame at 1:30pm, will be Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, Mike Helton, NASCAR President, Brent Dewar, NASCAR COO and several senior executives of Comcast. Several NASCAR drivers are also expected to be in attendance.
Chase Clinch Scenarios Heading into Richmond
NASCAR has announced the official Chase clinching scenarios as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond International Speedway. Two of the sixteen spots are still available, with several possible outcomes possible.
If a previous winner wins at Richmond, then three non-winners will make the Chase including Mat Kenseth who clinched his spot based on points at Atlanta. Any driver, currently in the top-30 in points, would secure a spot with a win. Fourteen drivers are eligible to make it that way. Tony Stewart would also be eligible with a win via an exemption from NASCAR.
Only Ryan Newman is in charge of his own destiny should a previous winner win again this Saturday night. Newman would only have to finish 41st, or 42nd with at least one lap led, or 43rd with the most laps led. This scenario also applies should Kenseth win.
If there is a first-time winner, other than Kenseth, then Newman needs to finish 18th or better, or 19th with at least one lap led, or 20th with the most laps led.
Greg Biffle only controls his own destiny if there is not a first-time winner at Richmond, or if either Kenseth or Newman wins. With no first-time winner, Biffle would clinch a spot with a finish of 22nd, or 23rd with at least one lap led, or 24th with the most laps led.
If there is a first-time winner, other than Kenseth or Newman, then Biffle needs to outpoint Newman by 19 points. He will also have to stay ahead of both Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson, the only two other drivers who can clich a spot in the 2014 Chase without winning.
All this should certainly make for an exciting Richmond race, as fans, and teams alike, will not only be watching the front of the field, but the race-within-the-race as well.
Martin Truex Jr. Talks Kyle Busch Incident
When Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch got together in the closing laps of the Atlanta race this Labor Day weekend it not only contributed to a change in how the race ended, but to much confusion as to why it happened. No one seemed more puzzled than Truex, and the New Jersey native gave his point of view shortly after exchanging words with Busch through his driver's window.
"I couldn't drive off the corners," said the driver of the number 78 Furniture Row/World Vision Chevrolet, "but we hung in there, fighting for every possible position until Kyle, for whatever reason, ran into the back of me, causing pretty good damage to our car. I passed him clean earlier, and then he comes back, and hits me from behind. It was totally uncalled for, and hard to figure out why he did what he did."
He continued, "We were in the top-17 when that happened, and had a chance of picking off a few more positions. Not sure why someone wants to go out and purposely wreck you when you are racing for 17th. Doesn't make any sense.
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